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    JOINT STATEMENT
    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Anna Bligh
    Minister for Police, Corrective Services and Emergency Services
    The Honourable Neil Roberts

    Six more Councils covered by disaster relief and recovery arrangements

    JOINT STATEMENT

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Anna Bligh

    Minister for Police, Corrective Services and Emergency Services
    The Honourable Neil Roberts

    Friday, December 10, 2010

    Six more Councils covered by disaster relief and recovery arrangements

    The Bligh Government today extended joint State and Federal Government disaster relief and recovery arrangements to a further six local Government areas, bringing the total number of Councils covered across Queensland to 21.

    Queensland Premier Anna Bligh said the Balonne, Bulloo, Maranoa, Murweh, Paroo and Quilpie Councils could now access assistance to cover the cost of counter disaster operations and to restore damaged public assets.

    “Heavy rainfall and flooding is taking its toll, with important community infrastructure like roads and bridges now damaged throughout central and western Queensland,” Ms Bligh said.

    “The current damage estimate has risen to almost $600 million, and with substantial rainfall expected over the weekend authorities are maintaining a watching brief.

    “These councils are now able to apply for funding from the State and Federal Governments to not only cover the cost of repairs but also any costs associated with managing counter disaster operations.”

    Emergency Services Minister Neil Roberts said the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements were established to ensure local councils aren’t burdened with the cost of restoring damaged assets.

    “NDRRA funding has already been activated for the Banana, Barcaldine, Barcoo, Blackall-Tambo, Bundaberg, Central Highlands, Fraser Coast, Gladstone, Gold Coast, Isaac, Lockyer Valley, Longreach, Mackay, Rockhampton and Scenic Rim Councils,” he said.

    “Members of the public experiencing personal hardship due to flooding can contact the Department of Communities on 1800 173 349 for support.”

    Media contact: Ministerial office on 3239 0199